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AZURE September 2019

Lively, fresh, forward-looking, but also socially relevant — this defines Azure, the leading design publication covering the expanding world of international contemporary architecture and design. Each issue delivers readers inspiring ideas and cutting-edge innovations, from state-of-the-art green building to the latest in furniture and home accessories from around the globe.

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1 min
we asked…

What iconic piece of furniture would you most like to have in your own home? SIMON LEWSEN Writer, “Pattern Test” (page 64) I’d have to choose Le Corbusier’s Casiers Standard – a classic modular shelving unit. It’s everything that good design should be: subtle, useful, versatile and compatible with almost any interior style, from a grubby New York loft to a tony boutique hotel. What colours or materials do you find most appealing in a residential interior? ANA DOMÍNGUEZ SIEMENS Writer, “Stepping to It” (page 72) White, white, white. It’s the perfect background for all kinds of furniture, art and objects, and it’s common in the traditional houses of the Canary Islands, which is where I come from! Your Feedback Reaction to our annual AZ Awards issue (July/August) is always enthusiastic, especially among those recognized for their work. This…

1 min
hula stool

Spanish contract furniture brand Andreu World has launched its first collaboration with Benjamin Hubert and his London design studio, Layer. Evoking the swirling motion of the toy hoop after which it was named, Hula features an asymmetrical footrest that lends a playful touch to a minimal and otherwise very symmetrical piece. The perfectly round seat seamlessly joins a base that is its mirror image, with the height-adjustable stool’s swivelling functionality hidden within the stem. Intended for hospitality settings, Hula was created with sustainability in mind: The durable, die-cast aluminum stool is built to stand up to a decade or more of commercial use. And it is made to easily disassemble at the end of its life so the aluminum can be recycled. Currently available in 10 neutral and pastel shades, Hula…

2 min
5 things we learned from ilse crawford

Subtlety is risky when it comes to introducing a new collection in Milan. But Ilse Crawford and Nanimarquina captured attention at Salone del Mobile with a statement about understatement. The Wellbeing collection – rugs, cushions, a throw, a wall tapestry and an indoor hammock – eschewed dramatic motifs in favour of hand-spun, unbleached and (riskiest of all) undyed natural fibres such as nettle, jute, linen, Tussar silk and cork. Materials, tactility and craft – and how their qualities resonate with human senses – form the heart of the collection. “We really looked forward to this project; it brought us closer to our essence, which is to get the most out of the value of craftsmanship,” explains Nani Marquina. The line also epitomizes the trend-bucking aesthetic for which Crawford is known.…

2 min
higher living

It isn’t every garden-design project that has a lifesized elephant sculpture as its jumping-off point, but that’s exactly the feature that Australian landscape architect Matt Walsham was asked to consider when he agreed to create a green roof for a backyard studio and carport. The new structure, designed by Pleysier Perkins for a sloping site behind a single-family home in a suburb of Melbourne, was also entirely exposed, meaning that the roof garden would require hardy, suntolerant plantings and a way to irrigate them in extreme weather conditions. The elephant, by artist Geoffrey Ricardo, has yet to be installed, but all of the elements (potential anchoring points, a sufficiently sturdy roof) are in place for the day it does get its perch. In the meantime, the garden as designed by Walsham…

2 min
light sleeper

On the outskirts of Chiang Mai, in mountainous northern Thailand, the wooden architecture of the Old City transitions quietly into shingled pitched-roof houses thanks to a common material palette. Tasked with inserting the contemporary Little Shelter Hotel into this verdant landscape, Bangkok firm Department of Architecture Co. envisioned something that was unconventional, yet deeply rooted in tradition. Likening the ubiquitous wooden shingles to fish scales, the firm created a shimmering structure perched on a peaceful stretch of the Ping River and clad in translucent shingles. Riffing on the hipped roofs common to the area, the architects devised an asymmetrical form clad in wood shingles on the top and sides. On the roadfacing facade, the wood pieces gradually blend out, giving way to luminous polycarbonate. The translucent shingles are custom made – cut…

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expansion project

At NeoCon 2019, the contract world continued to show its softer side. Responding to the ever-increasing call for spaces that foster health and wellness, palettes were awash in calming, nature-inspired hues such as sky blue, moss green and rose-petal pink, while acoustic solutions were rendered in materials, shapes and patterns as soothing to the eye and touch as to the ear. Comfort was also abundantly on offer in the form of expansive seating systems. One standout was Vitra’s new – and aptly named – Soft Work by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, which effortlessly incorporated all of these trends. The British designers, who are known for straightforward designs that manage to feel fresh, precise and elegant, first devised the seating system for the Ace Hotel in their home base of London.…